Mumbai: Bollywood actor Salman Khan with Varun Dhavan and Ananya Pandey pose for photos during the IIFA Awards press conference, in Mumbai on Monday, March 28, 2022. (Photo PTI)
Bombay, March 28 (PTI) Superstar Salman Khan said on Monday that it is the heroism of Southern films that attracts audiences to cinemas, something Hindi films lack today.
The 56-year-old star, known for mass artists like the ‘Wanted’ and ‘Dabangg’ franchises, made the remarks while talking about pan-Indian culture in movies at the International Indian Film press conference. Academy (IIFA).
“We both (South and Bollywood) believed in heroism in cinema. When you come out of theaters, you have a hero. But here, apart from one or two people, we don’t make heroic films. .
“Now people have become cool and think it’s cliché. With herosim the emotional connection has to be there, that’s important. This format started with Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar and then it was taken to the next level “, Khan said during the interaction with the media.
Praising writers and directors in the Southern film industry for their writing and vision, the ‘Bharat’ star said he hopes that instead of Southern films being remade in Hindi, the tide will turn .
“There should be times when they should take our scripts. The writers there work hard. The directors also make concept films, which people see,” Khan added.
The actor has recently started filming for the upcoming Telugu action movie Godfather, which is headlined by Southern superstar Chiranjeevi.
It is directed by Mohan Raja and marks Khan’s debut in the Telugu film industry.
The actor, who made a pivotal appearance in the film, said he liked the idea and so agreed.
“It was a very good experience to work with him. I have known Chiru garu for a very long time, he is my friend and his son Ram Charan is also my friend and he has done a good job in ‘RRR’. so good when these guys are doing well. I’m very proud of him. But why is it that our films don’t work there, their films work here?” he said.
When asked if he was planning a full-fledged appearance in a Southern film, the actor replied, “They don’t come to me with Telugu or Tamil films, they come to me with films in Hindi.”
Khan said he was happy to continue his association with the IIFA Awards and looked forward to entertaining the public.
The 22nd IIFA Weekend and Awards, to be held May 20-21 at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, will be hosted by Khan and Riteish Deshmukh.
Speaking about performing on stage, Khan said he was always energetic and rehearsing before the final act.
“You basically rehearse for endurance. The adrenaline rush really gets you excited and tires you out quickly. There are times when I’m tired backstage, but then you go.
“You have to respect the people who come to see the show, so you have to do your best. If you don’t do your best, no one will come to see you next time,” he added.
When asked if a host should be careful with jokes, Khan said: “As a host, you have to be sensitive. Humor is above the belt, not below the belt. “
Actor Varun Dhawan and actor-host Maniesh Paul, who were present at the event, also shared similar views.
“They are offended and you have to be careful,” Dhawan said.
Paul said they try to “draw the line” but sometimes things get touchy.
“Before, humor was ‘khul ke’ and now things have become sensitive…Every time I went on stage, I didn’t offend anyone. It all depends on your sense of humor”, a- he said, adding that it’s an artist’s duty to check what the writers wrote in the script.